Extended Deadlines for Vietnam IBDP Students

As exam season approaches, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has extended more deadlines for Vietnam's students - but exams will continue as scheduled.
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The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has extended deadlines for IB students in Vietnam due to the ongoing school closures – but will not delay the May 2020 exam schedule.

In response to the Coronavirus situation, the IBO has introduced exceptional measures for IB Diploma Programme students in Vietnam, as well as for schools currently closed in Mainland China, Macau, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Northern Italy, Iran and South Korea.

IBDP students are among those most affected by the ongoing closures as they are due to sit their final exams in April, May and June, and have coursework deadlines from March onwards. In Vietnam, IB students have not been at school since before the Tet holiday, and face at least six weeks away from campus.

While students in Hanoi and more than 20 other provinces returned to school this week, all schools in Ho Chi Minh City remain closed until March 16.

Read more: HCMC Schools Closed Until March 16

To help manage the situation, the IBO has extended the deadline for IB e-coursework, which was due to be uploaded on March 15, to the later date of April 12. The Internal Assessment deadline and the MYP Personal Project and ePortfolio deadlines of April 20 have both been extended to May 20.

IB students may also be affected by the cancellation of their mock exams, restrictions on their ability to complete the Community Action and Service (CAS) element of the IBDP, and the cancellation of Visual Arts exhibitions.

For CAS, the IBO has extended the deadline from June 1 to July 3. It adds, "Candidates who are unable to complete the CAS programme by 3 July 2020 are allowed one further year in which to complete it. This further year expires on 1 June 2021."

The IBO has also responded by allowing Visual Arts students who are "unable to set up a formal exhibition due to quarantine issues can instead photograph the artworks they have selected for their exhibition all together as a collection".

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